Thanks to our partnership with HSZone.tv and Socorro ISD, we here at El Paso Herald-Post are proud to bring you the replays of our streaming coverage of the 2017 SISD Marchfest.
“This program is like the halftime that doesn’t end, paired with day-long qualifying similar to what you’d see at Daytona or Indy,” said Chris Babcock, long-time play-by-play announcer.
“These kids, the directors, the parents and the pit crews have been working since mid-summer for this event, with their eyes on the prize of a state championship, as a 7-year-band dad I felt the time was right to give them the spotlight they deserve.”
Babcock was joined by Lorraine Kubala, retired band director and band blogger, for the special all day event.
The finals are above, while you can check out your favorite band during the prelims via the player below.
Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald-Post
As part of the Herald-Post’s mission to promote and educate the community on events throughout the Borderland region, and to support the schools and students from around our area, we are pleased to announce a new, live streaming program.
For the first time, Socorro ISD’s annual competition for bands – MarchFest – will be streamed live, from beginning to end on Saturday, October 21st.
Thanks to our partners over at HSZone.tv, and our dedicated crew: It’s a Whole New BAND Game
“This program is like the halftime that doesn’t end, paired with day-long qualifying similar to what you’d see at Daytona or Indy,” said Chris Babcock, long-time play-by-play announcer,”These kids, the directors, the parents and the pit crews have been working since mid-summer for this event, with their eyes on the prize of a state championship, as a 7-year-band dad I felt the time was right to give them the spotlight they deserve.”
“It’s competition in it’s purest form, with its very own soundtrack and dance…the perfect event to watch, either in person or via our streaming broadcast,” Babcock added.
Babcock will be joined by Lorraine Kubala, retired band director and band blogger, for the special all day event.
During the duration of the event, the broadcast will feature interviews with band directors, and select drum majors (as available) and – of course – plenty of music and performances.
The preliminaries will start at 8am sharp, and run through 3:30pm. Then the finals, with bands selected from the earlier event, start at 4:45pm. Below is the schedule of events for the individual bands.
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Staff Report October 19, 2016NewsComments Off on El Paso Area Bands set to Compete in Socorro ISD’s 24th Annual Marchfest Saturday
Twenty-four marching bands throughout the El Paso region will compete in the Socorro Independent School District’s 24th annual Marchfest at the SAC. Judging will be based on a national competition standard with a preliminary/finals format.
Each band will compete to qualify for the finals. Four bands from the small group (Class B) and eight bands from the large group (Class A) will advance to finals. Awards will follow the final performance.
“This year we have invited eight nationally recognized judges from around the country,” said Ron Pingor, assistant director of Fine Arts for SISD. “We will have a new format and new set of awards in addition to the rating awards.”
This year, bands will be recognized for having the most outstanding wind, percussion, drum majors or color guards. Also, awards for outstanding general effect and marching execution will be given.
The event is open to the public, and offers great family entertainment. General admission fee is $5; children under the age of three are free. Media opportunities include video of the performing groups, the awards presentation and interviews with student-musicians and band directors.
What: SISD 24th annual Marchfest
Who: El Paso area marching bands, directors, parents
Where: Student Activities Complex (SAC) 1300 Joe Battle Blvd.
Band performances aren’t just for halftime anymore. The 2015 Band Marching season started last week at Andress High’s Marching Invitational, but now kicks into high gear this week.
The first of three important competitions gets underway tonight at Socorro ISD’s Eastlake High, as they host the 2015 Percussion Invitational at 5 p.m.
The fun continues on Friday with El Paso ISD’s Marching Invitational at Bowie High. The two day event will feature bands from all over the area, competing in 15 minute segments.
To view the bands and their order of competition, click HERE. Awards will be handed out on both Friday and Saturday. Admission for the event is $5.
Across town on Saturday, Socorro ISD is set to host the 23rd Annual MarchFest at Student Activities Complex (1300 Joe Battle Blvd.)
Thirteen marching bands from around the El Paso region will compete all day. Judging will be based on the University Interscholastic League (UIL) standards and bands will be awarded ratings of Division 1, 2 or 3. The awards will follow the final performance.
The event is open to the public, and offers great family entertainment. General admission fee is $5; children under the age of three are free.